Nikon SB-400

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MikkoSuhonen
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Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012 8:57AM
Can you imagine any uses for Nikon's SB-400 speedlight. It's smaller than my other speedlights but it only tilts up in horizontal way.. It came with D5100 kit. + Does it have other advantages than it's light weight?

(Edited on 2012-09-03 09:34:51 by SakariM33)
kelvinjay
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Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012 3:06PM
Sure, use it as s slave to blow out a background behind a subject. You don't need fancy flashes for such jobs.
DWithers
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Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012 4:04PM
It is almost completely useless as it can only be used on camera or on a dedicated  extension cord.  I have one (thanks to Ken Rockwell!)  and it hasn't been fired in anger for over 2 years.   Sell it on e-bay would be my advice.  
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Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012 4:12PM
Edit to remove possible nonsense advice!

(Edited on 2012-09-03 16:20:13 by theasis)
DWithers
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Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012 4:16PM
Have you ever managed to trigger one? It has no controls at all on the flash and does not work with cheap optical triggers. When connected to the camera via the hot shoe or an extension cord works exactly like the pop up flash.  If you have found a way to use other triggers with it I would love to know.

(Edited on 2012-09-03 16:19:15 by DWithers)
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Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012 4:19PM
Posted By DWithers:
Have you ever managed to trigger one? It has no controls at all on the flash and does not work with cheap optical triggers. 

My apologies - I was thinking SB-600. I know nothing about 400s.
DWithers
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Posted Mon Sep 3, 2012 4:33PM
Just about every flash ever made triggers if you short the centre pin to ground.  Not the SB-400 which requires a data connection to the camera.   I have old SB-24 and SB-28 flashes which are not fully compatible with modern Nikon cameras.  They cost very little compared to SB 600 - 910 and work perfectly in manual mode with cheap optical or radio triggers.  Far better than the SB 400,  The only real advantage of the SB-400 over the pop up camera flash is that it is slightly more powerful and doesnt cast a shadow of the lens when used with an 18 - 200 between 18 and 24 mm! In my experience, a flash that is only fit for snapshots.


Edited to add that it may work with radiotriggers that support Nikon iTTL on the remote flash.  It would be interesting to hear if anybody has ever managed it with an SB-400 but I doubt that the purchaser of a radio system of that sophistication would be using it with an SB 400.

(Edited on 2012-09-03 17:18:12 by DWithers)
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